Eagles Preparing for Life Without Lane Johnson
With a 10 game suspension looming for Eagles starting right tackle for Lane Johnson, and some reported interest in former Giants tackle Will Betty, the Eagles moved last years starting right guard Allen Barbre to right tackle today at camp.
"Allen is a pro," Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "He's versatile. He's played there before. It's standard course of business in the NFL to rotate linemen around and get them a lot of reps."
While Barbre seemed to be settling in nicely at the left guard position, that role will now most likely fall into thr lap of rookie third-round pick Isaac Seumalo.
"Isaac's progress has been really good," Reich stated. "When you see a young guy, who has the physical ability and the smarts that he has, it really shows up on film. He's an explosive athlete for an offensive lineman and when he's right, it's eye catching. When he's right on the film, it's eye catching. But like many young players, you've still got to iron out -- you can't have low lows and high highs."
Seumalo must hold off veteran Stefan Wisniewski, who has a ton of starting experience in the NFL, mostly at center, but the Penn State alum has started all 77 games he has played in the league playing for Oakland and Jacksonville.
"Wisniewski's looked great," Reich admitted. "I mean, he’s really looked good. He's incredibly smart. He's very stout. Yeah, he's been -- I don't want to say a surprise. That's why we signed him. But he's met and exceeded expectations."
While a line with Barbre at right tackle and Seumalo and Wisniewski battling at left guard might be the best case scenario under the circumstances, losing Johnson is still a major loss - if it in fact happens.